Photos by Paul W. Brinker
Five-time defending conference champion Murphysboro earned a share of the Southern Illinois River-to-River Ohio Division lead by defeating Massac County 25-20, 14-25, 25-22 at home Thursday.
“It was a three-set thriller and the fans got their money’s worth as Murphysboro now evens the score and takes a share of the lead for its pursuit of its sixth straight conference title,” said Murphysboro coach Mike Layne.
Murphysboro (13-6 overall and 5-1 in conference) was led by 5-foot-10 sophomore Kylee Kerrens, who had 12 kills and 4 blocks. Five-foot-9 junior Lillie Schaldemose added 11 kills and 5 digs, and 5-10 senior setter/outside hitter Rachel Finders had 17 assists. 5 kills and 10 digs.
Ashley Jarrett added 16 assists and 3 aces for Murphysboro, which also got 7 kills and 4 blocks for the Red Devils.
Massac County, which won the first meeting between the two teams 17-25, 25-23, 25-20 back on August 25, fell to 18-8 overall and 6-1 in conference.